Khamenei’s Mouthpiece: Iran Protests Leaders to Face Execution by Hanging
Iranian regime's supreme leader - Ali Khamenei speaking to a group of regime agents-November 19, 2019
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, five days after the start of the mass protests against the mullahs’ regime across Iran and the violent crackdown on protesters, the state-run Keyhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, wrote that those who led the protests will be executed by hanging.
“Some reports say that judiciary considers execution by hanging for the riot leaders a definite punishment,” the article reads.
Also, on Monday, November 18, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a statement threatened anti-government demonstrators with “decisive action.”
According to a statement read by state-run media, the IRGC said it would take “decisive and revolutionary action against any continued moves to disturb the people’s peace and security.”
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in a statement said Monday that over 200 people had been killed in the protests.
“More than 200 protesters have been killed during the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising. Thousands have been wounded. On November 17, 2019, the Revolutionary Guards said 1,000 had been arrested, though the actual number is much higher,” the NCRI said, adding:
“Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to brief the Security Council about the atrocities perpetrated by the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and the IRGC, in view of the rising number of those killed and wounded. She urged him to convene an extraordinary session of the Council.
The international community’s silence and inaction is unacceptable. The UN Security Council must declare that the religious fascism ruling #Iran is engaged in crimes against humanity. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/OaDue7i8Xq— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 19, 2019
“Silence vis-à-vis the crimes against humanity perpetrated in Iran every day is absolutely unacceptable, Mrs. Rajavi underscored, adding that the Security Council must declare the regime and its leaders responsible for the crime against humanity for which they must face justice.
“The martyrs are mostly young adults and teenagers, many of them shot in the head and chest. The number of those killed is actually much higher. The regime is using an assortment of ploys to conceal the actual figure. In many cases, the suppressive forces do not hand over the bodies of the dead to their families and even refuse to take them to the coroner’s office, instead of burying them in unknown locations.”
The protests first flared Friday just hours after the government announced that it was raising the price of fuel as much as 300 percent, but protesters’ demands quickly evolved from the issue of fuel to regime change.
To stop the flow of information and video clips from the protests to the international community, the Iranian regime shut down the Internet on Friday. NetBlocks, a nongovernmental organization that monitors digital rights, says that by Saturday, Iran’s internet connectivity was 5% of what it was earlier in the week. The clampdown began on Friday, By Saturday, the group said, it had “proceeded to a disconnection of all mobile networks followed by a near-total national internet and telecommunication blackout.”
According to #NetBlocks, that monitors freedom of the internet,65 hrs after #Iran implemented a near-total internet shutdown, some of the last remaining networks are now being cut &connectivity to the outside world has fallen further to %4of normal levels.#Internet4Iran #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/Qt3eH0XTw2— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 19, 2019
Despite internet blackout and violent crackdown, the protests continue across the country. According to NCRI statement “On Monday, November 18, on the fourth day of the nationwide uprisings, Tehran and many other cities, including Shiraz, Isfahan, Karaj, and Kermanshah, were scenes of clashes and skirmishes between protesters and rebellious youth on the one hand and the regime's suppressive forces on the other,”
“In Isfahan, rebellious youth torched several state-owned banks as well as the regime’s seminaries. They also damaged a telecommunications center in one of the regions of this city. The youth took down a number of the regime's closed-circuit security cameras,
“In Khomeini Shahr (formerly Sedeh), youth and SSF agents clashed and protestors set banks on fire. In order to prevent more people from joining the protests, the regime's mercenaries fired tear gas at people's houses,
In Tehran, protesters torched a motorcycle belonging to the IRGC Bassij forces as well as an SSF station. In Tehran Pars, rebellious youth overturned a minibus belonging to the suppressive SSF and set it on fire. In Eslamshahr’s Marlik district in southern Tehran, protestors set 15 banks on fire.
The Iranian regime’s State Security Force (SSF) & #IRGC, as well as Intelligence Ministry &plainclothes agents, have engaged in the indiscriminate killing of the ppl in rebellious cities. They fire on any group of 8-10 ppl.Nevertheless, #IranProtests have continued.#Internet4Iran pic.twitter.com/cdHEQMGzWZ— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 19, 2019
In Karaj, rebellious youth torched most of the banks and the regime's centers of theft and plunder. They also assembled on the Tehran-Karaj main highway and blocked it.
In Shiraz, people attacked the office of the city's Friday prayer leader and representative of the regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and set it on fire.”